Member of Parliament
Edmonton – Spruce Grove
Rona was first elected to the House of Commons in 2004, and has held several senior positions in Cabinet.
As Minister of the Environment, she introduced the Clean Air Act. As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of Western Economic Diversification, she was a strong advocate for Western priorities.
As Labour Minister, she resolved strikes at Via Rail, in Ottawa’s public transit system, and at the Canadian National Railway. She represented the Government of Canada in negotiating internal labour cooperation accords to protect human and worker rights under Canada’s free trade agreements.
In her role as Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, she made improving the transparency, accountability and fairness of the procurement process one of her top priorities, and oversaw the development and implementation of the successful National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
As Minister for the Status of Women, she worked tirelessly to address the problem of violence against women and girls. She has shown leadership by raising awareness of honour crimes in Canada and promoting equal rights for Aboriginal women.
Rona is currently serving as the Minister of Health.
Her community service includes organizations that support ending violence against women such as the Status of Women Action Group, the Victoria Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centre and the Edmonton Women’s Shelter. She has also served as coach of the Conservative Party charity hockey team.
Rona has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alberta. She speaks English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.